SCUGOG: Luxe Beauty Studio in Port Perry offers residents a one stop shop for all of their hair, makeup and photo needs.
The business, located at 141 Perry St., officially opened on Saturday, April 1st, and is owned by Ron and Ashley Prestage.
“My wife (Ashley) has had this idea since she was a teenager. She went to hair school specifically to open a place like this,” Ron Prestage told The Standard. “We do have a full functioning salon in here, a full functioning beauty bar and a full functioning photo studio, but the difference that we have is the way that those things function together. The vision wasn’t just it’s a salon or it’s a makeup shop, but here what we wanted to do was incorporate all three.”
The salon side of the business offers everything a normal salon would do, including cuts, styling, hair colouring, as well as men’s barbering. In the photography studio side, Ron, an award winning photographer, does everything from family shoots, to pet photography, graduation shots, modeling photos and business headshots.
“We also kind of see ourselves as kind of a lounge and hangout,” Ron said. “With the full makeup line being accessible to anybody, and being a try me bar, anybody can come in and just play with it, try different things. Obviously there is the retail side of it, but we just want it to be that kids, women can come in, try different makeup and see what works for them.”
Ron also said they are excited to be a business that carries the R+Co product line.
“We’re the only people in the [Region of Durham] to carry it,” he said.
Luxe also recently held their first kids birthday party.
“We did a 10 year-old’s birthday party where a group of five girls came in and they got fully pampered. They got their hair and makeup done and then we did a photo shoot with them. We put their face on the cover of a mock magazine cover and emailed it to them,” Ron shared.
He also explained why the couple decided to set up the business in Port Perry.
“I grew up in a small town, in Pefferlaw, and my wife, kind of the same thing, but we love the small town feel, so we chose Port Perry as a place to open Luxe because of that. We always would come to the area and the neighbourhood on weekends, because we loved the way that the community and the city supported things in the community. We looked into [Port Perry] specifically, and ended up finding this amazing location.”
The design of the interior of the business reflects the personality of the owners, Ron said.
“I think one of the beautiful things, about the way that it turned out, was that what you see in the space really represents who Ashley and I are. We didn’t want it to feel cluttered and small, we wanted it to feel open and inviting, and that’s really who we are. That’s the important side to it for me is developing relationships with people.”
During the Port Perry BIA’s Diva Night, Ron encourages women to come to the business, as LUXE will be offering free samples, hair styling and makeup touch-ups, and will finish off with some fun in the photo studio.
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